Cinema for me is…
Bianca in 23 Frames
1. Describe yourself in ten words.
“Do I contradict myself? I am large, I contain multitudes”.
2. Your best quality? Your worst habit?
3. Your dream job?
4. What do you like most about your country?
Art. And how easy it is to pick up a conversation with strangers.
5. Your favorite dish in your country?
Anything cooked by my grandma.
6. Which word or phrase in your native language do you like the most and what does it mean?
Meglio un asino vivo che un dottore morto (Literally: It’s better a living donkey than a dead doctor), meaning that you have to take care of yourself more than of your status.
7. What European capital have you visited lately?
8. Other than your own, which European country would you love to live in?
9. What does Europe mean to you? 3 values.
Peace, balance between integration and identity, economic stability.
10. What film made you fall in love with cinema?
Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958, US).
11. Your favorite film theatre? What do you like about it?
Cinema Lumière in Bologna, our Cineteca’s film theatre; it always shows good films and is full of initiatives. Sometimes there are matinèes that include breakfast, sometimes there are film marathons, and even lessons on cinema, and experts and actors who introduce films. The area of the Cineteca gives the idea of being a small, autonomous village, in which you can live closer to the other film-viewers.
12. Who is your movie hero?
13. Which movie director would you like to be?
14. Briefly describe your favorite scene.
From the film Bianca (1984, IT): Nanni Moretti, in the middle of the night, naked, eats Nutella on bread out of a unrealistically giant Nutella jar that is set on the table. He is not seen taking this jar out or putting it away, he just eats with a depressed-exasperated look; the fact is never mentioned again, and the spectator will never know whether it was a dream, a vision, or just really weird reality.
15. What are the 3 best European films you have seen in the last year?
Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966, SE)
Novecento (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1976, IT)
Blow-up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966, IT).
16. Which film character do you most identify with?
Alvy Singer in Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977, US).
17. Your favorite soundtrack or song?
Cabaret’s soundtrack (Bob Fosse, 1972, US).
18. If you had to live in a movie, which one would you like it to be?
Back to the future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985, US).
19. Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you?
I do. The budget is what it is.
20. Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to understand well scientific subjects.
21. What is your most treasured possession?
My Nikon camera, Imogen.
22. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having chosen good friends.
23. What is your motto?
“It would be a waste only to waste a short bit of time” – a friend told me.